Putting an end to speculations over her contest in the Lok Sabha polls, veteran cine artist has announced today that she will be contesting from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency in Karnataka, as an independent candidate. Earlier, her husband and popular Karnataka cine actor Ambarish, who was dead last year, had represented the constituency thrice and also a minister in UPA government for some time.
Though she had declared her intention to contest as Congress candidate, the party refuse to give her seat as part of poll alliance between coalition partners in the state Congress and JDS, the seat goes to the later.
In the previous elections this seat was won by JDS and presently JDS is proposing to field Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy son and film actor Nikhil from this constituency. So, the Congress was unable to stake claim on the seat.
But, large number of Ambarish fans and followers in the constituency insisted her to contest as an independent. Meanwhile, former Chief Minister SM Krishna advised her to join BJP and contest as its candidate.
However, she finally taken a decision to contest as an independent. BJP is likely to support her candidature.
Flanked by actors Darshan, Yash and her son Abhishek, Sumalatha told the media in Bengaluru that she was “compelled” to enter politics because of the love showered on her by the people of Mandya. She said that the entire Kannada film industry was standing by her and supporting her candidature. She will be filing her nomination in Mandya on March 20.
She said that she was doing so to carry forward Ambareesh’s legacy. She also said that though she was asked to contest from constituencies like Bangalore North and Bangalore South (by the Congress and BJP), she had refused to do so.
“I even denied the MLC post that was offered to me. I am entering politics for the people of Mandya. I have heeded the people’s request. It is Mandya or nothing for me. I am going to fight for Mandya. I am not scared of losing,” she added.